Friday, January 4, 2008

And peace on Earth

My Christmas greetings and New Year's hope for a new approach to global trade and diplomacy, as well as our ability to create sustainable places. We're in dynamic balance with all of nature's forces, and "technology" seems to be helping us recognize that. Earth studies assisted by satellite imagery and GPS data that reveals geography and terrain, water flows and weather can help us "Design With Nature" as Ian McHarg has famously written. GIS databases are helping us to see and understand our impacts in the natural and urban environments.

This image is from South Africa; the bush has supported a stunning array of wildlife and native peoples since before the birth of humanity in Africa.